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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Why We Walk Wednesday: Shawn Jones

Shawn Jones, son of Samantha and Edward Jones, was born full-term.  He weighed 6 pounds, 2 ounces and was 18½ inches long, but at 5 months old, it was discovered that Shawn had a congenital heart defect
Shawn had emergency open heart surgery to fix a ventral septal defect and remove a supramitral membrane.  His parents were told that he would eventually need a mitral valve replacement. 
In December of 2009, at 13 years old, Shawn had his mitral valve replaced at WVU Hospital.  His valve was replaced with a mechanical valve which requires him to be on lifelong blood thinners. 
Since the surgery, Shawn has done remarkably well. He is a senior at Mountain Ridge High School and is very active with sports, hunting and fishing.  
Each year, Shawn participates in March for Babies, along with a group of his friends and his little brother, Seth. 

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